Seven months around the world.... August 2004 - March 2005 travel blog

Crossing the Mekong River to Laos - Huay Xai ahoy.

The extremely busy Laos immigration office.

Looking down river on the Mekong from Huay Xai.

Looking up the Mekong - those boats were about the size of...

Most people entering Laos at Huay Xai take a boat like this...

I spent the first hour of my trip going down the Mekong...

And spent the next two days passing small villages like this one...

The captain for the first day - he was a great pilot...

Along the way, we picked up others who needed a lift up...

The river and the Laos jungle

And the very common limestone rock outcroppings - which make Laos a...

More of the same - or as they say here in SE...

A closer look at the "jungle."

Another angle of the Nam Tha

And, of course, lots of buffalo (and other domestic critters)

That night I stayed in a small village, in the home of...

The village did not have electricity, but it did have a stereo...

The young girl on right and the man giving the thumb's up...

Within 10 minutes of my arrival, six different people came to sell...

The villagers were happy with the infusion of cash, as I bought...

The next day was filled with adventure, including watching some villagers drown...

Rewarding the dogs for initially detecting the deer in the water -...

One man's wildlife sighting is another man's supper.

The next adventure were the school kids who came to see the...

LOTS of kids!!!

In fact, the whole school (or so it seemed) came down to...

And then they all returned to school once we drove away -...

The trip ended with our arrival in Luang Nam Tha (a non-descript...




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